Everybody Serves Somebody

Bob Dylan- Gotta Serve Somebody[tweetable]According to MTV, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential figures in pop music and the greatest musical poet of the our time.[/tweetable] His hit song “Gotta Serve Somebody” conveys timeless truth:

You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance.

You may be a businessman or some high degree thief,
They may call you doctor or they may call you chief.

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride;
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side.

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk,
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord,
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Lord or Judge

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins wrote, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked.”

Yet the Bible says we are created in God’s image for His good pleasure. Being uniquely created and redeemed for His purpose originated with God, and no one is smarter than Him. Eventually we will all bow in humility at the feet of His Son, Jesus, and we’ll either acknowledge Him as our saving Lord or as our condemning Judge.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11)

Held Accountable

Keith Richards, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, said, “The devil does not bother me, it’s God that upsets me. Doesn’t He know who we are? We’re the Rolling Stones!”

Someday Richards will be held accountable before the Supreme Court of Heaven for his arrogant words. Remember, [tweetable]it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but we’re gonna have to serve somebody.[/tweetable]

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

Who Are You Serving?

Death knocks on every door and is no respecter of beauty, fame, wealth, or power.
Death knocks on every door and is no respecter of beauty, fame, wealth, or power. As for hell, it may not be a popular topic of conversation, but that doesn’t change the reality of its existence. Jesus spoke about the horrors of hell often, assuring us that it’s not an eternal party where happy hour never ends.

“Then Jesus will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:41)

In contrast, when D.L. Moody described heaven, he said, “It’s not the jeweled walls and pearly gates that are going to make heaven attractive. It is being with God.” [tweetable]Who we serve today determines who we’ll serve for all eternity.[/tweetable] We can’t be a friend of God if we’re also serving sin.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12)

Faithful Service

Choosing to serve God here on earth is a dress rehearsal for our eternal purpose in heaven.
As the Lord’s servants, the first words we want to hear in heaven are these: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:23).

What is your heart’s attitude as you serve the Lord today? Consider the following exhortations and ask Him to instill these qualities in you:

  • Love – Serve one another through love. (Galatians 5:13)
  • Purity – Serve with a pure conscience. (2 Timothy 1:3)
  • Gladness – Serve with gladness. (Psalm 100:2)
  • Grace – Serve with grace. (Hebrews 12:28)

Choosing to serve God here on earth is a dress rehearsal for our eternal purpose in heaven.

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” (Revelation 22:3)

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